If you’ve ever experienced an extremely painful tooth ache you probably were’t surprised to find out you needed a root canal.
But what exactly is a root canal? It is a procedure that treats the inside of your tooth. If you have an untreated chip or cracked(or other trauma), it can expose the pulp which then can become inflamed and infected. Thus the pulp inside of your tooth becomes damaged. Left untreated leads to the pain you’d feel with a toothache. This left further untreated can result in an abscess.
When your dentists performs a root canal the damaged pulp is removed entirely from the inside of the tooth. After it is removed, your tooth will be cleaned and disinfected and sealed. Afterwards, the tooth is restored with a crown or a filling for protection.
Modern root canal treatment is similar to having a routine filling and may be completed in one or two appointments depending on the condition of the tooth. Contrary to popular belief, root canals relieve the pain that an infected tooth is causing. The procedure isn’t as grim as it is made out to be.
With proper care, most teeth that have had root canal treatment can last as long as other natural teeth and often for a lifetime.
For more information on root canals, contact Dr. James Yankowskas and make an appointmentat (978) 649-7773 or visit our website.
Dr. James Yankowskas also proudly serves Lowell, Nashua, Dracut, Chelmsford, Dunstable, and surrounding areas.